Timely Tasks — 3 Things All Intelligent Gardeners Should Do Now

August 7, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

Photo by Ralph Anderson.

  1. Refrain from cutting the grass in hot, dry weather. Southern lawn grasses like Bermuda, centipede, and Zoysia naturally tolerate drought and will stay green for weeks, unless you oafishly mow them. Grasses needing more frequent watering, like Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue, also require less water if you don’t mow.
  2. Keep picking veggies like tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, beans, and cukes as they ripen. If you let them mature or get tough, these plants will stop producing and you’ll probably be uncharacteristically mean to your cat.
  3. Pinch out the tops of multi-stemmed fall-blooming perennials, like swamp sunflower, mums, goldenrod, ironweed, salvia, and asters now. Each pinched stem will branch into two stems and you’ll get twice as many flowers. Wahoo!!